“I’m very proud of him and what he’s trying to do for immigration, women’s rights, what they call ‘Obamacare,’ and concerns for the middle class. I think he’s more disrespected than any other president.” — Patricia Merritt, a retired educator from San Antonio, on the eve of President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

“What my father is asking is to create the climate where every American can realize his or her dreams. Now what does that mean when you have 50 million people living in poverty?” — Martin Luther King III on the future his father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., envisioned.